Surprise! Gonzales Caught In Another Fib

TPM Muckraker:

Tom Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader who received briefings on the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance programs, says Alberto Gonzales isn't telling the truth about what Senate and House leaders were told in March 2004 about the program's utility and legality.

. . . It was only after a briefing for the so-called "Gang of Eight" bipartisan congressional leaders demanded that the program continue, Gonzales said, that he and then-White House chief of staff went to "inform" Ashcroft of the Gang's wishes.

. . . Daschle was one of that Gang of Eight:

"I have no recollection of such a meeting and believe that it didn't occur. I am quite certain that at no time did we encourage the AG or anyone else to take such actions. This appears to be another attempt to rewrite history just as they have attempted to do with the war resolution."
Daschle's statement bolsters one that his former Gang of Eight colleague, Senate intelligence committee chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), gave to Dan Eggen of the Washington Post: Gonzales is "once again is making something up to protect himself," Rockefeller said.

Ooops. There really is no excuse not to impeach him.

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    TPM now says Pelosi denies Gonzo version. n/t (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by magster on Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 07:38:09 PM EST

    Further update (none / 0) (#7)
    by magster on Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 11:52:22 PM EST
    From a commenter at TPM on the Pelosi story:

    NPR got Jane Harman. She said AGAG was full of crap, too.

    Posted by: R Bubp
    Date: July 24, 2007 8:45 PM


    Someone finally supports Gonzo's account (none / 0) (#8)
    by aj12754 on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 07:18:30 AM EST
    anonymously in the NY Times.  Too funny.

    whoa! -- a busy day for the liars! (none / 0) (#1)
    by the rainnn on Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 07:14:27 PM EST
    back from vacation, and to shed
    the jet-lag, i am staying up to
    make a few on topic videos. . .

    in this new "nightly nolo", i examine,
    in 2:43 edited time, the suggestion
    by arlen specter that a special prosecutor
    be appointed to deal with white house
    obstruction of subpoena enforcement
    . . .

    i will also [only-semi-
    shamelessly] point everyone
    to my first installment, now being
    discussed at the nexthurrah -- where
    typepad commenting is broken for the
    moment -- from gonzo's prior testimony,
    in an april 19, 2007, of nightly nolo,
    when, in 2:30 of edited video, of sen.
    sheldon whitehouse questioning
    alberto gonzales about swiss-cheese
    access to DoJ prosecutions information
    for the white house
    , under alberto gonzales. . .

    Spector Is Not To be Trusted (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by squeaky on Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 09:09:21 PM EST
    Spector often talks tough but winds up, at best,  being a Beckett charachter in the end.

    you are preaching to the choir, squeaky! (none / 0) (#5)
    by the rainnn on Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 09:43:59 PM EST
    i completely agree about specter's
    snake-like ways -- what i find interesting
    is how that instinct for self-service
    first, last, and always is playing out
    here -- if he is pushing for a special
    prosecutor -- it may well be to forestall a
    broad-side attack on the white house itself,
    with the committees -- HJC and SJC -- seeking
    to hold the whole of the white house staff in
    inherent contempt for defiance of lawfully-
    issued subpoenas, among other matters.

    so -- i'd actually LIKE to see him press
    this one forward, on a parallel path, seeking
    from paul d. clement, the solicitor general,
    appointment authority for a special prosecutor
    to look into why cheney had access to case data
    at DoJ, among other matters -- all of which
    focus on gonzales. . .

    the larger, broad contempt attack will be
    then handled mostly by the "adults" (democrats
    leahy, whitehouse, schumer, conyers, sanchez,
    davis, and lofgren), while "the kids" chase
    special prosecutors about. . .



    Very True, however (none / 0) (#9)
    by Molly Bloom on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 09:00:51 AM EST
    One thing in Spectors favor of actually doing the right thing for once (instead of the rightwing thing) is the fact that he probably is not going to seek re-election after this term (ends 2010?). Consider also the fact the GOP is not going to be in power for awhile in the Senate. So what can they (the GOP) do to him at this point?

    Of course, this reasoning requires Arlen to have a backbone, which is yet to be proven.


    Gonzo is living proof of old riddle/joke (none / 0) (#3)
    by Nowonmai on Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 07:55:43 PM EST
    How can you tell Gonzo is lying? His lips are moving.

    Talk is Cheap (none / 0) (#6)
    by squeaky on Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 10:40:15 PM EST
    so -- i'd actually LIKE to see him press
    this one forward
    Yeah, that is the con. He will not deliver anything that will harm his party.

    blackmail? (none / 0) (#10)
    by Sumner on Wed Jul 25, 2007 at 09:54:05 AM EST
    The pathological prudes took little time to bolster their war on sex. "Miss America", the protégé and political project of John Walsh, asked Congress to inculcate children with-or-without their consent, against freedom on the Internet.

    And concomitant with that, Rupert Murdoch's "Myspace", disappeared 29,000 "sex offender" profiles.

    This follows recent moves by lawmakers to sanitize culture in media, as well as Sen. Harry Reid's attack plan on student's using the Internet.

    That in-and-of-itself is not necessarily all that telling. But in light of the Attorney General turning Senate Judiciary member Arlen Specter (R-PA) red faced when Gonzales mentioned the special classified "Gang of Eight meeting", is.

    TheRawStory suggests that "Gonzales may have revealed classified meeting, committed perjury". Is there a third possibility going on here? Is Gonzales attempting to blackmail them?